The social partners have announced this Tuesday three new meeting dates between now and 23 November. Objective: to reach an agreement by this deadline which covers both traditional teleworking situations and homework in exceptional circumstances.

The social partners have agreed on a very tight negotiating agenda to reach an agreement on teleworking.

“A flash negotiation”, said one; “Lightning”, said another… They took their time to make a «shared diagnosis » on the lessons of the first confinement concerning teleworking, validated on September 22 by the employers, the CFDT, FO and the CFE-CGC. The social partners now want to move on quickly. This Tuesday they agreed on a very tight negotiating agenda to reach an agreement on teleworking. “Three hours of discussion for three additional meetings”, summarizes a trade unionist.

Seven chapters

Employers and unions will meet again on November 23 as announced in September, but it will be for a “Concluding meeting”, announced the leader of the employers’ delegation, Hubert Mongon. The next meeting has been set for the 10th and the next two for the 13th and 17th with the sending this Friday by the employers to the unions not of a project but of a “Agreement plan showing the main chapters” to be processed, said the general delegate of the Federation of Metallurgy (UIMM).

The Medef representative in this negotiation cited seven. He first mentioned the way in which telework should be integrated. “In the strategies and culture of companies”. The more operational question of setting up teleworking, including volunteering, will be the subject of another chapter such as the one on the organization of work – from the issue of working time and the right to disconnect to that of functioning of the work community, including health and prevention issues as well as “Regulation of professional expenses”.

“Zoom” on cases of force majeure

Hubert Mongon cited in the fourth place the subject of management with in particular the support of managers. He also mentioned the “Fundamentals of the employment relationship” between his employer and the teleworker and in particular the ” subordination link “ as well as a sixth chapter dedicated to social dialogue and the exercise of trade union rights. Finally, a « zoom » will be realized “On the methods of implementing teleworking in the event of exceptional circumstances or force majeure”, subject made urgent with the reconfinement.

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These chapter heads should not be the subject of much debate. “We were afraid that the employers are hiding behind the news [avec le reconfinement] to only take care of the exceptional teleworking and postpone the rest until later ”, but the way the discussions start is therefore “A rather positive point”, notes the negotiator of Force Ouvrière, Béatrice Clicq. “Okay to negotiate quickly but without rushing the content”, she warns, however, summing up the unions’ position.

Or la discussion s’annonce ” difficult “, as emphasized by Jean-François Foucard, the negotiator of the CFE-CGC. From “Hard points”, Catherine Pinchaut, her counterpart from the CFDT, is already raising the issue of controlling the definition of teleworking positions that company management does not intend to share. In addition to the value of a possible agreement.

«Neither prescriptive nor normative»

This does not prevent “To work in depth on the subjects” more “Our state of mind has absolutely not changed”, underlined Hubert Mongon, insisting on several occasions on the very complete character of the legislative base. If the Medef representative points out that a company that does not have an agreement but only a charter could have to comply with a national agreement, he still wants a “Agreement neither prescriptive nor normative”.

On the CPME side, we are keen on it. Tuesday, its representative, Eric Chevée, affirmed in substance that the agreement concluded between all the social partners in 2005 “Prevented the development of teleworking” for twelve years, leaving trade unionists dumbfounded.

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